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Seagate Puts $40 Million in Virident
Seagate also plans to develop new flash-based storage products with Virident
By: Maureen O'Gara
Jan. 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Hard drive giant Seagate Technology is investing $40 million in solid-state newcomer Virident.
It's part of a strategic deal that will immediately have Seagate selling Virident's flash-based PCIe storage products to its OEMs and distribution network under its own brand.
Seagate, which has previously only sold serial-SCSI-based SSDs and hybrid drives with spinning disks as well as flash, also plans to develop new flash-based storage products with Virident.
It will get a seat on the six-year-old company's board.
"This partnership validates Virident's vision of pervasive flash in the performance tier and accelerates our shared vision by bringing next-generation SCM solutions to the enterprise and web datacenters worldwide," Virident CEO Mike Gustafson said in a statement.
Virident has previously gotten $63 million from backers such as Intel, Cisco, Mitsui Global Investment, Globespan Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital and Artiman Ventures.
Separately, Seagate reported a fiscal second-quarter profit of $492 million, or $1.30 a share, on $3.7 billion in revenue. The results were better than the $1.27 analysts had expected. The company also said it shipped 58 million disk-drive units in the December quarter. "Seagate is executing well in an environment where customer demand forecasting is challenging," Steve Luczo, Seagate's CEO, said in a statement.
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